Domestic Violence

Justice written question – answered on 14th January 2014.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Justice

(1) how many non-molestation orders were issued in respect of domestic abuse in England and Wales in the latest year for which figures are available;

(2) how many non-molestation orders in respect of domestic abuse were breached in England and Wales in the latest year for which figures are available.

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Data collected by Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service, and published in Court Statistics Quarterly, show the volume of all non-molestation orders made in England and Wales. In the year 2012 (the latest complete year for which figures are available) a total of 19,405 such orders were made. In the same year, 2,650 defendants were found guilty in all courts in England and Wales of breach of a non-molestation order.

Domestic violence and abuse is a dreadful crime and it is not acceptable within our society. The Government are committed to ensuring that the police and other agencies have the tools necessary to tackle it, to bring offenders to justice and to ensure victims have the support they need to rebuild their lives.

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